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3 minutes | Dec 19, 2016
On Hiatus – LOTR Episode 13 - Leadership on the Rocks
First I want to apologize for not posting the past couple of weeks. As some of you may know, I have been dealing with the death of my biological father, Stanley. Now that I am back to my normal routine we are coming into the holidays. Because of this, I have decided to go on hiatus until the beginning of 2017. This will give me time to try a couple of things with the site and podcast, finish working on a new site for another project that I will talk about later and build by content back up so I don’t run into an issue if I need to step away again unexpectedly. So focus on spending time with your families. If the holidays are a difficult time for you, please reach out to someone or a crisis care number for your area. Reach out to me if you have no other option. I’ve got your back. Have a safe and happy holidays and I will talk to you all in 2017.
2 minutes | Dec 2, 2016
FAAR – Week of Nov 28 2016 - Leadership on the Rocks
This is a recap of the past week and what coming up on Colonelizzy.com. I did a combined post and podcast on “Leadership on the Rocks” giving a shout out to the Civil Air Patrol for their 75th anniversary and my personal involvement in the organization, Happy Anniversary CAP I also did a blog post, The Most Important Tool in Your Kit. I had something that came up this week that may change what I talk about next week on “Leadership on the Rocks“, so please stay tuned for that. It may also change my other blog post for the week as well. If you want to stay informed on what is happening, please subscribe to Colonelizzy.com and the podcast on iTunes or Android. See you all next week and enjoy the weekend.
33 minutes | Nov 28, 2016
Happy Anniversary CAP – LOTR Episode 12 - Leadership on the Rocks
This is a special week for me and thousand of other people across the US. December 1st will be the 75 anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol. I have been a member of the organization going on 32 years and I have learned many valuable lessons and met some great people during my time and I want to tell you about them. I have already used the Aviator as a cocktail in a previous podcast. Also since this involves me talking about my time as a cadet, I’m keeping today’s cocktail rated “G”. The full recipie will be in the description but I wanted to cover a few parts here. Cocktail of the day – GSAR Jungle Juice 1 pack MRE drink mix (any flavor will do) 2 cups of room temperature water Fill standard issue military canteen cup with water, add drink mix. Stir drink mix with random stick from the ground. Toss out cocktail and replace with remaining water. Real Ground Team members don’t need to flavor their water. If you are a noob, follow same recipe above but use full military canteen instead of cup. Three years later when you can still taste the dull flavor in your canteen, it will remind you of an important lesson; don’t blindly listen to what the old man says. Read the instructions as well. History of CAP – from CAP’s website In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country. As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Thousands of volunteer members answered America’s call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions. Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented. After the war, a thankful nation understood that Civil Air Patrol could continue providing valuable services to both local and national agencies. On July 1, 1946, President Harry Truman signed Public Law 476 incorporating Civil Air Patrol as a benevolent, nonprofit organization. On May 26, 1948, Congress passed Public Law 557 permanently establishing Civil Air Patrol as the auxili
4 minutes | Nov 25, 2016
FAAR – Week of Nov 21 2016 - Leadership on the Rocks
This is a recap of the past week and what coming up on Colonelizzy.com. I did a combined post and podcast on “Leadership on the Rocks“, Are We In Another “Me” Decade? I also did a blog post, 5 Tips to Find the Perfect Survival Knife. Next week on “Leadership on the Rocks” I will talk about an important anniversary coming up that week and it’s significance to me. I will also be posting a blog about what is the most important piece of equipment in your kit and toolbox. If you want to stay informed on what is happening, please subscribe to Colonelizzy.com and the podcast on iTunes or Android. See you all next week and enjoy the weekend.
20 minutes | Nov 21, 2016
Are We In Another “Me” Decade? – LOTR Episode 11 - Leadership on the Rocks
Ah, the 80’s. The big hair, wide shoulder pads, and Max Headroom. It was also known as the “me decade” as the middle class grew and college graduates were able to get prestigious office positions and spend their money on luxury items and big homes. It was also the decade that gave us one of the best quotes to describe the time from the movie, Wall Street, Gordon Gekko said “The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works.” It was all about appearance. Whether it was about what you wore, how much money you had, or the toys you owned. Everyone seemed worried about taking care of themselves and how they looked to others. As we head towards the end of 2016, I am starting to wonder if we are hitting another “me decade”. However unlike the previous one where it was based more on material things, I think that this decade is more about focusing on ourselves as an person. Over the past couple the years, there have been several websites, YouTube channels and blogs that talk about men becoming men again. Sites such as Art of Manliness and Beardbrand, talk about reclaiming the title of “man” in how we live, dress, act around others, and work. Now I am not saying this is a bad thing. I have been a follower and fan both Brett and Eric for a long time as well as others but I find it interesting that we are now focusing on the individual. This was an unscripted podcast. Which means that I followed my thoughts more than a structured outline. So I would encourage you to listen to the podcast. Please be sure to rate this show on iTunes and write a review. This will help raise the visibility of the show. I have also recently created a Patreon account. You can go to the site to learn more about how to support this site and special reward for certain levels. This episode of Leadership on the Rocks is a production of Bushcraft Leadership. Your host is Israel Thompson This episode’s cocktail was the Cosmopolitan. Recipe: 1.5 oz Citrus Vodka 1 oz Triple sec 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice 1 or 2 Dashes of cranberry juice for color 1 Lime wedge for garnish In a shaker filled with ice, pour in all the ingredients and shake well. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with lime wedge. Music: Sunset
6 minutes | Nov 18, 2016
FAAR – Week of Nov 14 2016 - Leadership on the Rocks
This is a recap of the past week and what coming up on Colonelizzy.com. I did a combined post and podcast on “Leadership on the Rocks“, 4 Ways to Better Navigate Your Goals. I also did a blog post, Imagine If The Hiring Process Was Like Elections? Next week on “Leadership on the Rocks” I will discuss an observation about the possible return of the “Me Decade” from the 80’s. I will also be posting a blog about 5 tips to choose the perfect bushcraft knife and employee. If you want to stay informed on what is happening, please subscribe to Colonelizzy.com and the podcast on iTunes or Android. See you all next week and enjoy the weekend.
23 minutes | Nov 14, 2016
4 Ways To Better Navigate Your Goals – LOTR Episode 10 - Leadership on the Rocks
One of the most important skills that we learn in search and rescue is land navigation. We use to coordinate search teams, get them to the right locations, establish our search area and help direct us either to a target or back to our base. This is done with a combination of maps and a compass. GPS (Global Positioning Systems) have helped to make this easier but it is just a tool. Without an understanding of the basics, the best GPS in the world won’t help you. Goal setting is very similar to land navigation. You need to know where you are, where you are trying to get to and how to get there. Also like land navigation, technology can help make it easier but without a basic understanding of goal setting , success can be difficult. I have come up with four aspects of land navigation that will help you not only set your goals but to avoid obstacles so that you can reach you goal as well. If you are already proficient in setting goals, this will help you get an understanding of land navigation that will hopefully pique your interest in learning this valuable skill. * Use Waypoints – These are the same as tasks when setting goals. Rarely can you go from point A to point B for your larger goals. You need to break them up into tasks that help you achieve your goal. Not only do they provide a structure to reach your goal, but they also give you small “victories” that motivate you to keep going. In land navigation, waypoints do the same. They are one or more points along the route to help keep you on track and give you the opportunity to make adjustments if necessary. * Know and use your “Pace Count” – Your pace count is the number of steps it takes you to go a specific distance. This is unique to each individual and varies based on terrain. It is important to know your pace count so that you can calculate the distance you have traveled. Knowing your distance and heading from a known fixed point, you can plot your location on a map and see how much farther you need to go to the next waypoint. When you are defining your tasks or “waypoints” in your goal, you need to understand how long it should take you to complete that particular task. With this information, you can get an idea of the total time it should take to complete the goal. This is also a unique number since you may have to take into consideration deliverables from other team members and other tasks and projects on your pl
6 minutes | Nov 11, 2016
FAAR – Week of Nov 7 2016 - Leadership on the Rocks
This is a recap of the past week and what coming up on Colonelizzy.com. First, to all my veteran brothers, enjoy your day the best you can. If you are having trouble dealing with the memories today or any day, please reach out to someone. You can even reach out to me, I may not know you but we are all brothers-in-arms. This past week I did a re-posted a blog on 5 Ways To Survive Crisis In the Office. I did a combined post and podcast on “Leadership on the Rocks“, Using Marvel’s Infinity Stones to Have More Effective Meetings. Next week on “Leadership on the Rocks” I will talk about how to navigate goals based off a previous blog I did several months ago. I may also do a post about something from this past week’s elections. If you want to stay informed on what is happening, please subscribe to Colonelizzy.com and the podcast on iTunes or Android. See you all next week and enjoy the weekend.
41 minutes | Nov 7, 2016
Using Marvel’s Infinity Stones to Have More Effective Meetings – LOTR Episode 9 - Leadership on the Rocks
Last week Marvel’s newest MCU movie, Doctor Strange was released. If you are a fan of the movies or comics you are probably familiar with the overall story arc involving the infinity stones. For those people who may not know, the infinity stones are six immensely powerful objects tied to different aspects of the universe, created by the Cosmic Entities. Each of the stones possesses unique capabilities that have been enhanced and altered by various alien civilizations through the millennia. The stones are: Mind Gem Power Gem Time Gem Reality Gem Space Gem Soul Gem So as I sit here wielding the Infinity Gauntlet with the stones attached, I want to show how each one can also be used to help create more effective meetings as well as control the universe. The only infinity stone based cocktail I could find was on Youtube by Spirit Cocktails called the Guardians of the Galaxy Infinity Power Gem Cocktail. I will provide the link in the description. The Infinity Stones Time Gem * The time gem allows the user to control the passing of time, both forward and backward. * Controlling time is also important in meetings. * You need to set hard start and end times for the meeting. * Encourage everyone to be on time and ready. * It is important to let everyone know how long it will be so that they can schedule the rest of their day. * Used in combination with the reality gem, you need to also make sure the amount of time is realistic for what you need. Do not over or under inflate the time needed for the meeting. Space Gem * This gem allows the user to control physical space. * Make sure there is enough space for everyone attending the meeting. * Ensure the seats are arranged in a manner appropriate for the type of meeting. * Make sure that you have the equipment you need and it is set up prior to the meeting. * For off-site meetings, make sure there is ample parking and facilities. * Use with the time gem to give everyone reasonable time to get to the location. Soul Gem * This gem allows the user to control the souls of others. * This gem focuses on the attendees for your meeting. * Only invite those that need to attend, not neccessarily those you want to att
3 minutes | Nov 4, 2016
FAAR – Week of Oct 31 2016 - Leadership on the Rocks
This is a recap of the past week and what coming up on Colonelizzy.com. This past week I did a post on why I left the banking world to start my online platform and how I deal with Imposter Syndrome. On “Leadership on the Rocks“, I reviewed “Z.E.O., A Zombie’s Guide to Getting A(head) in Business” by Scott Kenemore. Next week on “Leadership on the Rocks” and on the blog, I will talk about how to create and run an effective meeting. If you want to stay informed on what is happening, please subscribe to Colonelizzy.com and the podcast on iTunes or Android. See you all next week and enjoy the weekend.
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